Cheer Like a Proud Parent As Simone Biles Makes Gymnastics History

We can’t even mess around during a moment of this magnitude. Simone Biles just made gymnastics history as the first woman to ever land a Yurchenko double pike in competition. The highly difficult, historically male skill consists of a roundoff onto the springboard, followed by a back handspring onto the vault and a piked double backflip to landing. You’ve probably seen a diver attempt a double-pike backflip, boosted by a platform several dozen feet in the air, not powered by their own two feet. You’ll notice she actually gives it too much power, which causes a less-than-perfect landing but leaves us wanting more. The move is so difficult that the judges assigned it a lower starting-point value, 6.6, either because they’re scared of other gymnasts injuring themselves or they’re scared of Biles dominating. (That’s a cross-sport move called a “Surya Bonaly.“) Biles has faced a similar scoring issue before, with her double-twisting double-tucked salto backwards dismount, known as the “Biles,” on beam. She also has a “Biles” on vault already; a roundoff, back handspring with half-turn entry; front stretched somersault with two twists — as well as two “Biles” on floor, a double layout with a half-twist and a triple-twisting double-tucked salto … backwards. The four-time Olympic gold medalist defended her title at this competition and is expected at the U.S. Olympic team trials June 24 to June 27.

Watch In Awe As Simone Biles Makes Gymnastics History